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Washington Post District of Columbia Mail Service Poll, December 1994 (ICPSR 3866)

Principal Investigator(s): The Washington Post


This special topic poll, conducted December 2-5, 1994, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. The focus of this data collection was the performance of the United States Postal Service in the District of Columbia. Respondents were asked to rate first class mail service to their homes, counter service at the post office, the delivery of periodicals, and overall performance compared to years past. They were asked to give opinions on acceptable lengths of delivery times if the sender were local versus 600 miles from the recipient. Specific questions addressed whether respondents experienced any problems receiving mail and whether, given the level of service received, they thought that 32 or 29 cents to mail a letter first class was worth the expense. Background variables include age, call-back receptivity, ethnicity, household income, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


The Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MAIL SERVICE POLL, DECEMBER 1994. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03866.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03866.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    mail, mail delivery, public opinion

Geographic Coverage:    District of Columbia, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1994-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1994-12-02--1994-12-05

Unit of Observation:    individuals

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the District of Columbia.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (2) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (3) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2005-01-07


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